OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist departs AI firm

Ilya Sutskever, the OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist who helped briefly oust CEO Sam Altman last year, is leaving the artificial intelligence firm.

“After almost a decade, I have made the decision to leave OpenAI,” Sutskever wrote in a May 14 X post without explaining why. He added he was confident the firm would build an artificial general intelligence (AGI) that is “safe and beneficial.”

Altman posted on X that Sutskever and OpenAI would “part ways” and the former chief scientist “has something personally meaningful he is going to go work on.”

Source: Ilya Sutskever

OpenAI announced Jakub Pachocki as its new chief scientist. Pachocki has been the firm’s director of research since 2017 and led the development of its GPT-4 large language model.

Sutskever was part of an effort that successfully saw OpenAi’s board briefly push out Altman as CEO in November last year before he was later re-hired to the role after backlash from employees

“I deeply regret my participation in the board’s actions,“ wrote Sutskever in an X post last November.

Sutskever also co-founded OpenAI Global, LLC, the firm’s for-profit arm.

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